DAY 8: RESPONSIVENESS TO THE NEEDS OF THE CHURCH

 


In the name of the Father + and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
 
Religious are not only very much a part of this reality of the Church but as, Augustine puts it, a very honorable part, model part. In the same way that the members of the early Jerusalem community were closely jointed to the Apostles and instructed by them, so also must religious today, be closely united to the Church and concerned principally about her needs, not their own. In the same way, very apostolic work must be intimately related to the Church’s needs and reality, because everything the spirit gives us is at the service of the common good. (Pause) 

READING: From LIVING IN FREEDOM UNDER GRACE
By our very nature as an apostolic community, we Augustinians ought always to be more open to the needs of the Church, both now and in the future. Our apostolates is an integral part of our calling. We cannot, however, be complacent simply because we continue to work as before. We need to continually question ourselves whether our current apostolic commitments correspond adequately to the real needs of the church today. End of the reading (Pause for reflection)
 
LITANY IN HONOR OF SAINT AUGUSTINE
Lord, have mercy on us…
God the Father of Heaven Have mercy on us
God the Son, Redeemer of the World Have mercy on us
God, the Holy Spirit Have mercy on us
Holy Trinity, one God Have mercy on us
Mary, Mother of Jesus Pray for us
Mary, Mother of Consolation Pray for us
Mary, Mother of Good Counsel Pray for us
St. Augustine, bright star of the Church Pray for us
St. Augustine, filled with zeal for God’s glory Pray for us
St. Augustine, dauntless defender of the truth Pray for us
St. Augustine, the triumph of divine grace Pray for us
St. Augustine, on fire with the love of God Pray for us
St. Augustine, so great and so humble Pray for us
St. Augustine, prince of bishops and doctors Pray for us
St. Augustine, father of monastic life Pray for us
St. Augustine, holiest of the wise and wisest of the holy Pray for us
Pray for us St. Augustine That may become worthy of the promises of Christ.
 
CONCLUDING PRAYER
ALL: Loving Father, we honor and glorify you for having given us Saint Augustine. Having committed ourselves to his teachings and spirituality, help us become authentic Augustinian religious for our time. Direct all our efforts to work for a renewed Church as we are approaching the year 2000. This we ask of you through Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.